Tag: COVID-19

CMS releases data detailing COVID-19 impact on Medicare beneficiaries

CMS released the first monthly update of data showing the impact on COVID-19 on Medicare beneficiaries. For the first time, American Indian/Alaskan Native Medicare beneficiaries have been included in the data. The data shows that American Indian/Alaskan Native beneficiaries have the second highest rate of COVID-19 related hospitalizations among racial/ethnic groups after Black beneficiaries. Other […]

New Podcast: Telehealth in SNFs: COVID-19 and Beyond

Expert Maureen McCarthy, president of Celtic Consulting, LLC, and CEO and founder of Care Transitions, LLP, a care coordination service provider, joins us to talk about billing telehealth in SNFs amid COVID, and the future of telehealth in SNFs. Subscribe on SoundCloud, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts.

Senators request Demographic Data on COVID-19 infections and deaths in nursing homes

A group of senators has requested demographic data on nursing home COVID-19 infections and deaths in nursing homes amid concerns that the disease disproportionately affects communities with higher populations of persons of color. The democratic senators, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Ron Wyden of Oregon, and Patty Murray of Washington penned a […]

CMS expands accelerated payments for qualified Medicare providers

Accelerated and advance payments (AAP) could be retrieved in the next few weeks for qualified Medicare providers during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). CMS has released a fact sheet titled “Expansion of the accelerated and advance payments program for providers and suppliers during COVID-19 emergency.” The AAP has been expanded to a broader group […]

Nursing home margins at lowest point since 1999

The lowest average margin for freestanding nursing homes in recent years was recorded in 2018, according to a new report from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). The total average margin dropped to -0.3% in 2018, which is the first negative overall margin since 1999. Nursing home margins have been on a year-to-year decline, although […]

COVID-19 tip sheet available through CMS

A COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) tip sheet is available on CMS’ website. The tip sheet identifies two reporting requirements for The Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). They are: Hospice Item Set (HIS) Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems ( CAHPS®) Hospice Survey The tip sheet also covers HQRP exemption and extension policies, what […]

Medicare relief funds on hold for some SNF providers

Medicare relief funds have been an integral part in keeping some SNFs afloat since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but some providers have yet to see any financial relief. Providers that took over SNFs in early 2020, before the pandemic, were not included in the previous federal aid packages, as the relief funds were […]

Updates to reporting COVID-19 manifestations included in FY2021 coding guidelines

Coders can get a head start on getting to know the changes to coding rules for diagnosis coding as the FY2021 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines on Coding and Reporting were issued July 8 – weeks ahead of the typical early August release date. The coding guidelines, which take effect Oct. 1, include additional instructions on reporting […]

New study links infected nursing home staff with resident fatalities in New York during COVID-19 pandemic

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) recently analyzed self-reported nursing home data and found that COVID-19 related infections and deaths in nursing homes are related to infected staff members. The data found that approximately one in four nursing home staff members were infected with COVID-19 between March and early June.  The study also […]